In an excess of caution, we have temporarily discontinued picking up packaging until we have more information about the impact of COVID-19.
Cardboard boxes and dividers: You can easily flatten them down and put them out with the rest of your paper goods.
Cold sleeves: These are soft plastic and fully recyclable in San Francisco. If you live outside of San Francisco check out https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/plastics to learn more about California's plastics recycling. Don’t forget to look inside for your cold items! And be careful when you do — to ensure cold things stay cold, we include dry ice with some items like frozen berries or ice cream.
Bottles: You can recycle bottles with your glass recycling, but if you paid a deposit for them don’t leave money on the table. Hold on to them until we're taking packaging back and when we are you'll receive a credit after they've been picked up.
Produce bags: These are fully compostable. Use them to bag up your scraps and throw it all into the compost bin. Maybe someday it’ll be used to grow something absurdly fresh!
Cold packs: If you live in San Francisco, you can recycle the lining with your other soft plastics — just cut open the bag and empty the nontoxic, food-safe gel into your trash before you do. The gel inside is 2% carboxymethyl cellulose and 98% water. We do not recommend disposing of the gel into your drains or sink garbage disposal. If you live outside of San Francisco, check out https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/plastics to learn more about California's plastics recycling.
Dry ice: Leave the dry ice in the BPA free red plastic and place in a plastic container in an open-air location or in a well-ventilated area. Choose a spot that is not accessible to kids and animals or make sure that the ice is not accessible. Allow the dry ice to evaporate. The bag is can be recycled with your other plastics.